The Monday Milers is a companion hiking group but slightly more challenging than the “Monday Rollers”. The average moving pace is two (2) to two and a half (2.5) mph. Our distances will be 4 – 8 miles and usually moderate elevation changes. We stop for interesting events (animals, plants, and scenery).
Regular departure time and place: The Lowe’s Home Center at the curb closest to and parallel with US 64. Start time is 9:00 AM. Please try to be there by 8:45 AM to allow time for sign-up, car arrangements (we usually carpool with a fee for the driver’s car), and visiting.
Hike leader: Richard Mayberry 828 884-4398 (h), 704 236-4398 (c), firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in trying these hikes but have questions please contact Richard Mayberry.
SUMMER – FALL HIKING SCHEDULE 2019
July 15 PISGAH RIDGE/MTS TO SKINNY DIP FALLS
5 miles, 500’ ascent, R4, $4.50
Shuttle, start at the intersection of Road 816 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, hike the Pisgah Ridge Trail to Graveyard Fields, join the Mountains to Sea Trail to Skinny Dip Falls (lunch). Finish with a short hike to cars at Looking Glass overlook.
July 22 GORGES STATE PARK, RAINBOW FALLS, etc.
4 miles, 860’ ascent, R6, $3.50 car fee (Please bring or wear bathing suits for swim.)
From the trailhead go past Rainbow Falls to Turtle Falls and back. Lunch at Stair Step Falls.
July 29 TRANS PANTHERTOWN
Hike across Panthertown, west to east. Data to be supplied later.
August 5 DUPONT FOREST, HOOKER FALLS – CORN MILL SHOALS
A shuttle hike, 8 miles, 800’ ascent, R6, car fee: $2.00
August 12 NORTH SLOPE/ART LOEB LOOP
9 miles, 1,500’ climb, R7, no car fee
From Lowe’s parking we hike the Estate Trail up North Slope to the North Slope Connector to the Art Loeb Trail completing the loop.
August 19 BLACK BALSAM/TENNANT MOUNTAIN
5 miles, 700’ climb, R6, $5.00
From Big Sam parking we go up Black Balsam, then Tennant, returning on the Ivestor Gap trail.
August 26 SOAPSTONE RIDGE THE LONG WAY
8 miles, 900’ ascent, R7, car fee: $3.00
From Yellow Gap Rd., hike in on Barnett Branch to Pink Beds, left to connector trail to Gauging Trail, out the South Mills River trail, right onto Soapstone Ridge trail connecting with Barnett Branch and finish.
September 2 CAT GAP LOOP AND JOHN ROCK
6.2 miles, 1,200’ climb, R7, $2.00
Hiking counterclockwise we will hike Cat Gap via the short cut to John Rock trail. We’ll stop for lunch with a view and continue on the John Rock loop to Cat Gap and back to the Fish Hatchery.
September 9 COLD SPRING BRANCH, Jones Gap
9.2 miles, 1,800’ ascent, lollipop, R8, car fee: $3.00 plus park fee
September 16 DEVIL’S COURTHOUSE VARIATION
5 miles, 600’ climb, R6, car fee: $5.00
Park at 215 and the BRP, hike to Devil’s Courthouse, then return via the Mountains to Sea trail.
September 23 COLD MOUNTAIN
12 miles estimated, 2,500’ estimated, R9+, $6.00 car fee
An in and out hike, start time is 7:00 AM as it is a long drive/set up.
September 30 GREEN RIVER VALLEY AREA
Specifics to be supplied later.
October 7 BLACK MOUNTAIN TRAIL WITH CLUB GAP TRAIL
10 miles, estimated 1,900’ climb, 3,100’ descent, R9, car fee: $2.00
Either a key exchange or shuttle, we hike from Avery Creek Road up Club Gap trail to Club Gap where we hike the Black Mountain Trail to its end.
October 21 RAVEN CREEK FALLS, Jones gap
4 miles, 695’ ascent, out and back, R5, car fee: $3.00 plus park fee
October 28 BUCK SPRINGS TO PISGAH INN
6.6 miles, 1,000’ ascent, R7, car fee: $4.00.
A shuttle: leave a car at the Pisgah Inn, we will begin our hike at the Buck Springs parking on HWY 276. Let’s plan to have lunch at the Pisgah Inn?
November 4 TWIN FALLS/CLAWHAMMER LOOP 2/2/17
7 miles, estimated 500’ climb, R7, car fee: $1.00
From Avery Creek Road hike in on Buckhorn Gap trail to Twin Falls returning via Buckhorn Gap to Clawhammer Cove.
November 11 BRACKEN MOUNTAIN TO FISH HATCHERY
8.4 miles, 1,800’ climb, R7, $2.00
Shuttle hike, we start at the Bracken Mountain parking , hike up to a connector trail to the Art Loeb trail for lunch, go from there down either left or right on Cat Gap Loop to finish.
November 18 OIL CAMP CREEK TO PINNACLE TRAIL, Jones Gap
6.2 miles, 1,100’ ascent, out and back, R6, car fee: $3.00 plus park fee
November 25 DANIEL RIDGE LOOP
5.6 miles, 900’ climb, R6, $2.00 car fee
From the Daniel Ridge parking we hike into the forest going clockwise completing the loop.
December 2 BUTTER GAP/CAT GAP LOOP 3/26/18, 2/25/19
9.8 miles, 1,900’ climb, 1825’ descent, R9, car fee $2.00
A loop, from Fish Hatchery up Cat Gap to Butter Gap to Art Loeb to Cat Gap back
December 9 FLETCHER PARK/F. P. GREENWAY
3.8 miles, 57’ ascent, 44’ descent, R2, $5.00
From parking area we walk a figure eight returning. Lunch at Blue Sky Cafe afterwards.
December 16 MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL, LIBERTY BIKES – FOLK ART CENTER
8.5 miles, 1,150’ climb, 1,160’ descent, R7, $5.00 car fee
A shuttle with the idea of Christmas shopping at the Folk Art Center. We hike a short “user trail” from Diamond Brand store, turn left (northward) onto the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and hike to the Folk Art Center
December 23 3 LAKES TRAIL, DUPONT FOREST
4 miles, 400’ ascent, R3, $2.00
December 30 PINK BEDS
6.5 miles, 350’ climb, R3, $3.00
From Pink Beds parking we hike the loop. Option: start from Barnette Branch, add .6 mile
LAKE JOCASSEE TOUR/SC FOOTHILLS TRAIL
6-7 miles, 1,000’ ascent, R7, car fee plus boat and guide ( probably $35 each plus tip and car fee would be $50)
An all day trip, drive to the dock, hop on pontoon boat, motor across Lake Jocassee, walk on Foothills trail, get picked up by boat and return to dock.